Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Duration: 3 Days5/5(2 reviews)
At a Glance
  • Duration 3 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 2200m


  • Stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range, including Mount Everest, Annapurna
  • Suitable for trekkers of all ages and experiences
  • A well-marked trail that winds its way through lush forests of oak and rhododendron
  • Opportunities to interact with local people and learn about their culture and way of life
  • Chance to see a variety of wildlife, including birds, monkeys, and even the elusive red panda
  • Beautiful views of the Himalayas from Nagarkot, a popular destination for sunrise and sunset viewing
  • A great way to experience the natural beauty and culture of Nepal in a short time

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek Overview

Chisapani Nagarkot trek is a quick getaway near Kathmandu that takes trekkers away from the bustle of the city into the arms of teeming forests, beautiful villages, and verdant hills. It is a three-day program in the outskirts of Kathmandu, offering breathtaking scenery and serenity.

Chisapani Nagarkot trek is a popular trekking route located in the hills surrounding Kathmandu, Nepal. The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range, including Mount Everest (on a clear day), and is suitable for trekkers of all levels of experience. It is a short 3-day trek via Shivapuri National Park.

The trek begins in the village of Sundarijal, located about a two-hour drive from Kathmandu. From here, trekkers will follow a well-marked trail that winds its way through forests of oak and rhododendron to Chisapani. The trail is relatively easy, with only a few steep sections, and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

As trekkers make their way up the trail, they will pass through several small villages and have the opportunity to interact with the local people. You will learn about their culture and way of life. You'll also have the chance to see a variety of wildlife, including birds, and monkeys, and if lucky, even the elusive red panda can be seen on the Chisapani Nagarkot trail.

On the second day of trekking, you will reach the village of Nagarkot, located at an altitude of 2,175 meters (7,136 feet). Nagarkot is famous for its stunning views of the Himalayas, and many trekkers choose to stay here for a day or two to take in the scenery and watch the sunrise over the mountains. From Nagarkot, you can either continue on the trail to other destinations, such as Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha, or can return to Kathmandu.

The total length of the Chisapani Nagarkot trekking is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) and can be completed in anywhere from three to seven days, depending on your fitness level and itinerary. The trek ends at Changu Narayan temple, one of the oldest temples in Nepal.

Overall, the Chisapani Nagarkot trek is a great way to enjoy the undisturbed beauty of Nepal's countryside and the culture of Nepali people. The walk through dense forests, terraced fields, waterfalls, and villages is fantastic. Chisapani Nagarkot trekking is a must-do if you are in quest of a short and relatively easy trek in Nepal.

From Nagarkot, trekkers can see the peaks of Annapurna (8,091 m), Manaslu (8,163 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), and Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), among others. The views of the mountains are especially beautiful at sunrise and sunset. In addition to the mountains, trekkers will also have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife and beautiful forests along the trail.

Major attractions of the Chisapani Nagarkot trek

Shivapuri National Park

Shivapuri National Park is a protected area located on the northern fringe of Kathmandu valley, Nepal. The park covers an area of 159 square kilometers (61 square miles) and was established in 2002 to conserve the natural habitats and biodiversity of the area. During the Chisapani Nagarkot trek, we'll walk through the forests of this national park.

Shivapuri National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including over 500 species of plants, 300 species of birds, and many different mammals such as leopards, deer, and wild boar. The park is also an important source of water for the city of Kathmandu, as it is the headwaters of the Bagmati and Bishnumati rivers.

The park offers a variety of activities for visitors, including trekking, birdwatching, and nature photography. Several well-marked trails wind through the park, offering stunning views of the Himalayas and the surrounding countryside.


Nagarkot is a popular hill station located at the rim of Kathmandu valley, 32 km west of the city. The town is situated at an altitude of 2,175 meters (7,163 feet) and is famous for its stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range, including Mount Everest.

Nagarkot is a popular destination for a quick gateway. Travelers can spend a day or two in Nagarkot to take in the beautiful views and watch the sunrise over the mountains. In addition to trekking, Nagarkot also offers other outdoor activities like mountain biking.

The town of Nagarkot is small and quiet, with a few guesthouses and restaurants catering to tourists. In addition to the natural beauty, Nagarkot is also home to several important cultural and religious sites, including the Nagarkot Bhagwati Temple and the Nagarkot Danda, a sacred hill with panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located in the town of Changu Narayan, in Bhaktapur District, Nepal. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and is one of the oldest and most important temples in Nepal.

The temple was built in the 4th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for its beautiful architecture, with intricately carved wood and stone sculptures depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.

The Changu Narayan Temple is located on a hilltop and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and forests. Visitors can climb the stairs to the temple and admire the views of the surrounding countryside. The temple is a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists alike and is an important cultural and religious site in Nepal.

In addition to its religious significance, the Changu Narayan Temple is also an important historical site. The temple is home to several inscriptions and artifacts that provide valuable insights into the history and culture of Nepal.


Get the detailed itinerary of the Chisapani Nagarkot Trek for 3 Days. The 3-day itinerary is from Kathmandu to Kathmandu and does not include any accommodations in Kathmandu for pre and post trek. So, let us know if you want to add accommodation in Kathmandu or include any tours in Nepal before or after the trek.

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We will have our breakfast early today and load our luggage in a private vehicle to drive to Sundarijal. From Kathmandu, it is a two hours drive to Sundarijal. Once a drive begins, we pass by the busy markets and soon drive along the countryside. The views of hills and waterfalls on the way will be fantastic.

Sundarijal supplies water to Kathmandu via a century-old water pipe running alongside the road and down the stone steps. The area became protected in 1978 as a watershed and later as a national park in 2022. From Sundarijal, we'll begin hiking to Chisapani. The trail goes through forested paths and hillsides.

  • MealsL, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2115

The day begins early. We leave Chisapani, after having a warm breakfast. The trail continues today through the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. It is a forest walk. The vegetation and wildlife along the way are enchanting. The park is home to many animals, including the Himalayan black bear and Indian leopard. Well, it is less likely we'll encounter animals like this on our hiking trail, but we may get to see other animals, such as jungle cats, mongooses, pangolins, porcupines, etc. And many species of birds.

The trail gradually ascends to Chauki Bhanjyan, where we stop to have lunch. From here, we keep walking, enjoying magical views of the Himalayan range in the distance (stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west to Everest & Kanchenjunga in the east). Once we reach Nagarkot, we will rest for a couple of hours and later go out to see a gorgeous sunset. The rest of the day is free to unwind.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2175

Today is another exciting day ahead of us. We wake up early in the morning to witness a jaw-dropping sunrise over 8 Himalayan ranges. It will be a magical moment. Later, we return to our hotel and have breakfast. Now it is time to continue our trek to Changunarayan temple. It is one of the oldest temples in Nepal, with many historical events and stories. We'll reach the temple in a couple of hours of walking.

  • MealsB, L
  • Max. Altitude1345

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Chisapani Nagarkot Trek map


  • All the transportation by private vehicle
  • 2-night accommodation on trek
  • 7 Meals on trek (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners)
  • Local hiking guide
  • National park entry fees


  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tips for the guide & driver
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Chisapani Nagarkot trek difficulty

The Chisapani Nagarkot trek is considered to be a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers of all levels of experience and ages. The trail is well-marked and relatively easy, with only a few steep sections. However, trekkers should be in the good physical condition and able to hike for several hours a day.

The altitude can also be a factor, as the highest point on the trek is 2,175 meters (7,163 feet) at Nagarkot. The trail has ample tourist infrastructure, so you will have no issue spending the night and getting decent meals. Overall, the Chisapani Nagarkot trek is a great option for those looking for an adventurous but doable trek in the beautiful hills surrounding Kathmandu.

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is a condition that can occur when people ascend to high altitudes too quickly, causing symptoms such as headache, nausea, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. The risk of altitude sickness on the Chisapani Nagarkot trek is relatively very low, as the highest point on the trek is only 2,175 meters (7,163 feet) at Nagarkot.

Chisapani Nagarkot trek preparation

Here are some tips for preparing for the Chisapani Nagarkot trek:

  • Get in shape: The Chisapani Nagarkot trek is a moderate trek that requires a good level of fitness. To prepare for the trek, you should start a regular exercise routine for a few weeks before your trip, focusing on activities such as hiking, running, or cycling.
  • Pack wisely: Make sure to pack light and bring only the essentials. You will need to carry all of your gear on the trek, so pack wisely and avoid bringing unnecessary items. Some essential items to carry are reusable water bottles, a first aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, and warm clothing.

Optional Packages

We have many day hikes and short treks around Kathmandu & Pokhara. All the ventures have a different essence and let you enjoy and unwind in nature.

Some of our best picks are Dhampus Sarangkot trekking, Ghorepani Ghandruk trek, Everest panorama trek, Champadevi hike, Poon hill trek, Helambu trek, and Langtang valley trek.

Best time to go on the Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

The best time to go on the Chisapani Nagarkot trek is from March to May and September to December. You can also go on this hike during winter- December to February, but the views may not be clear because of unclear weather. Likewise, you can do this small trek in the monsoon as well.

Accommodation on Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

You stay overnight in a guesthouse/hotel in Chisapani - Nagarkot Trek. As it is not a remote area, you get almost all the modern facilities. The guesthouse does not be lavish, but basic services like a hot shower, wifi, charging facility, network, etc are available. The rooms usually come on a sharing basis with a private or common washroom.

Meals on Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

We provide a total of 7 meals (2 breakfast, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners) on this Chisapani - Nagarkot Trek, and these meals are provided in the lodges/guesthouse. The menu is vast and includes cuisines like Nepali, Tibetan, Continental, and Indian. Dishes like rice, curries, soup, veggies, meat, egg, toast, sandwich, pasta, Momo, Noodles, Thukpa, Pudding, Porridge, etc are available on this trail.

Children on Chisapani - Nagarkot Trek

Chisapani Nagarkot trek is the best trek for the children and school students. The Chisapani Nagarkot Trek does not go to a high altitude and still offers great views.

Accommodation in Kathmandu while coming for the Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

The hotel in Kathmandu pre- and post - Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is not included in our given itinerary & price. So, you have to take care of them yourself. However, we can book a hotel in Kathmandu for pre and post the trek if you want me to book it for you.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Small Nagarkot Trek in Nepal

    Outfitter Himalaya provided great service from the first contact till the end of the tour. Arjun replied to my request promptly and picked us up at the hotel as they said. The guides were not only knowledgeable of the places but also patient and extremely helpful.

    They even provided a complimentary dinner at the end of the trip where I met one of the managers who asked for feedback for further improvement. Highly recommended for Nagarkot Trek in Nepal.

    KrishalaFrom: Singapore,Apr 20, 2022

    Dear Krishala,

    Thank you for joining us for your short a short trek to Chisapani-Nagarkot in Nepal and thank you for a great review about the trekking. Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided in the tour.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again.

    Have a good day.

    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

  • 5/5

    Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

    I had less than a week to do trek in Nepal and I reached out to several trekking companies in Nepal, and only Outfitter Himalaya responded to my inquiries. Arjun was very fast to respond to any questions I had and proposed a trek that would fit my schedule.

    The Chisapani Nagarkot trek was a very nice mix of walking and resting at the teahouses. On the first day, we spent a night at Chisapani where we had a good view of the Himalayan range. The mountains were so beautiful. The trek itself brought us through many rural areas where we could see local people working and living their simple lives.

    Bishnu was my guide for the trek. He is a very good and nice person and he would care about my well-being on the trek. I was happy to have him as my guide.

    IvarsFrom: Australia,Feb 24, 2022

    Dear Ivars,

    Thank you for your review about Chisapani Nagarkot Trek and Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided on the tour.

    Recommend your people also to arrange the tour from us.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again. Have a good day.

    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

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